Hospitality

  • October 19, 2017

    US Airways Fights Sabre's Appeal Of $15M Antitrust Win

    US Airways Inc. urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to reject trip-planning giant Sabre Holdings Corp.'s bid to overturn a $15 million jury verdict awarded to the airline in an antitrust suit, insisting the jury correctly followed the appeals court’s American Express holding to conclude that Sabre had market power and its contract was anti-competitive.

  • October 19, 2017

    Romano's Macaroni Grill Can Tap $3M Of DIP Loan

    The owner of Romano’s Macaroni Grill won Delaware bankruptcy court approval Thursday to tap up to $3 million of a post-petition financing facility, kicking off what the casual restaurant chain hopes will be a quick case that swaps out second-lien debt for full equity in the company.

  • October 19, 2017

    Owners Want Airbnb Told To Stop Rentals In Their Buildings

    The owners of several residential apartment buildings asked a California federal court Wednesday to block Airbnb from allowing their tenants to rent out apartments on its website, saying they will likely prevail on claims that rowdy guests are costing them money and disturbing residents, harms that will continue without the court’s assistance.

  • October 19, 2017

    Benihana Asks 2nd Circ. Not To Revive Counterpart's Suit

    The American arm of the Benihana restaurant chain asked the Second Circuit on Wednesday not to revive a suit alleging it tried to force its international counterpart into handing over that counterpart's franchises, arguing that a lower court properly held the America arm was acting in its economic best interest.

  • October 19, 2017

    MGM, Live Nation Sued Over Las Vegas Shooting, Security

    Mandalay Bay, MGM and Live Nation are facing a putative class action filed in California court that accuses the venue and organizers of the Route 91 Harvest country music festival of failing to provide sufficient security the night of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ill. Judge Signs Off On $220M Judgment Against Casino Execs

    An Illinois federal judge ordered four of the executives blamed for a Chicagoland casino's bankruptcy to pay the nearly $220 million they owe the Chapter 7 trustee, entering final judgment against them this week.

  • October 19, 2017

    Flying Baseball Suit Protection Could Be Down To Final Out

    Major League Baseball teams have traditionally been protected from suits by fans who are hit by baseballs and bats flying into the stands, but with continued incidents like a young girl hit by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and a wave of new lawsuits, that long-held protection could be down to its last inning.

  • October 19, 2017

    Airport Food Cos. Will Pay NY $13M For Tax Fraud

    A group of companies that provide food to the public and employees at John F. Kennedy International Airport will pay $13 million to settle claims stemming from an “extensive scheme” to avoid paying New York taxes between 2011 and 2015, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Thursday.

  • October 19, 2017

    NYC Can't End 'Tavern On The Green' TM Pact, Court Told

    A successor to the former operator of the Tavern on the Green restaurant in Central Park told a federal court on Wednesday that New York City isn’t entitled to a ruling essentially nixing an agreement whereby the city allowed the company to use the name for other eateries, saying that the city can't show the pact was breached.

  • October 19, 2017

    Latte Drinkers Say Starbucks Can't Dodge Underfilling Suit

    A putative class of Starbucks drinkers has asked a California federal judge to reject the coffee company’s bid to duck their suit alleging it underfilled lattes and mochas, arguing that discovery is incomplete and what information consumers do have suggests their allegations are true.

  • October 19, 2017

    Marriott Unit Sells Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel For $269M

    A subsidiary of Marriott International Inc. has sold The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel for approximately CA$335 million‍ ($269 million)​, according to a Wednesday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • October 18, 2017

    Eatery Claims JPMorgan Failed To Prevent Account Thefts

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA recklessly allowed a restaurant's employee to make hundreds of thousands of dollars in unauthorized withdrawals from the Manhattan eatery’s checking account, according to a suit alleging more than $1.3 million in damages that landed in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • October 18, 2017

    Network Co. Avoids Arbitration In $11M Patent Licensing Row

    A California federal judge Tuesday refused to ship to arbitration a network device maker’s suit over a hotel entertainment company’s alleged $11 million in unpaid royalties from a patent licensing deal, finding it wasn’t “absurd” to interpret the companies’ arrangement as bypassing an earlier arbitration clause.

  • October 18, 2017

    Restaurant Asks 11th Circ. To Toss Objection To Card-Fee Deal

    Restaurant chain Champs Sports Bar & Grill Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to toss an objection to its $52 million settlement ending claims that a payment processing company charged restaurants and retailers bogus fees, arguing that the serial objector who filed the appeal hasn’t even shown he’s a class member.

  • October 18, 2017

    Macaroni Grill Owner Hits Ch. 11 With Deal To Reorganize

    The owner of Romano’s Macaroni Grill casual restaurant chain filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Wednesday with a support agreement from its largest creditors in hand that aims to reorganize the company as a going concern and slash some of its roughly $30 million in secured debt.

  • October 18, 2017

    Retail Software Co. Closes $166M Series D Funding Round

    Canadian retail software company Lightspeed POS said Wednesday it had closed a $166 million Series D investment, led by Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec, bringing the total amount the company has raised to $292 million.

  • October 18, 2017

    $1B Accor-Mantra Deal Hits Aussie Regulator's Radar

    Australia's competition watchdog said Wednesday it is keeping an eye on French hotel group Accor SA’s AU$1.3 billion (US$1 billion) deal for Mantra Group, less than a week after the proposed tie-up was revealed.

  • October 18, 2017

    Judge Questions Standing In Trump Foreign Payments Suit

    A federal judge in New York on Wednesday cast doubts over whether an ethics watchdog and potential business competitors have standing to sue President Donald Trump over allegations that he is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from foreign governments at his hotels and restaurants.

  • October 18, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Cubs' Win In Rooftop Sightlines Fight

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday threw out a bid by Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners for a rehearing of their case accusing the Chicago Cubs of breaching a contract to prevent the obstruction of stadium sightlines, with all of the judges on the original appellate panel denying the petition for rehearing.

  • October 17, 2017

    Pizza Hut Says Credit Card Info Exposed In Online Order Hack

    Pizza Hut has become the latest major fast food chain to reveal a data breach, telling customers over the weekend that hackers accessed payment card information and other personal data belonging to those who placed orders through the restaurant's website or mobile app during a 28-hour period earlier this month. 

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • The Rise Of Employee Religious Discrimination Claims

    Barbara Hoey

    Many employers are seeing an increase in requests for religious accommodations. Several recent court decisions and statistics from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provide insight into the rise in claims related to these requests, and the importance of employers understanding their obligations to accommodate, say Barbara Hoey and Alyssa Smilowitz of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • 2 Recent FCC Actions Target Business Communications

    Michael Pryor

    The Federal Communications Commission is currently assessing whether to adopt new federal 911 rules for enterprise communication systems. It is also considering auctioning off desirable toll-free 800 numbers, which could make it more expensive for companies to obtain such numbers, says Michael Pryor of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Hurricane Readiness And Response: The Hospitality Industry

    Karl Heisler

    There are lessons to be learned in how this year's hurricane readiness and response plans stood up to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Many in the hospitality industry are working to incorporate these lessons and revise their readiness plans before the next storm hits, says Karl Heisler of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • How Hotel Owners Can Respond To Evolving Technology

    Samantha Ahuja

    As the role of guest-facing technology proliferates and brands update their standards, hotels and hotel managers must negotiate their management and franchise agreements in order to protect themselves, say attorneys with Morris Manning & Martin LLP.